Hi lovely readers 🙂
I have been extremely lucky too meet some people in the “Perth Fashion Industry” and one of those people is Ryan Ammon. I met Ryan around this time last year at Urban Couture.
He is one of the nicest and talented people I have ever met so I just had to ask him for an interview!
soo here it is 🙂
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m half Filipino/Aussie and originally from Busselton, but have been in Perth for the past ten years. Although I do go back quite often for weddings and photo shoots. I like to travel, I’m quite obsessed with going to the movies… Both are a good temporary break from reality. I’m quite ordinary, but in a unique kinda way!
Did you go to college to study photography?
Photography has been in my life in some form since I was quite young, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I figured I would take it a bit more seriously. So I first completed a diploma in photography through the Institute of Photography in 2010. I later enrolled at ECU, but originally as a a graphic design and music production major (I figured I couldn’t make any money as a photographer), but then after the first year I changed majors to photo media and film & video, completing my bachelor in Perth and in Canada in 2013 and then finishing my honours last year. I also studied multimedia journalism and documentary photography in Dhaka, Bangladesh last year.
How long have you been a photographer?
If you asked me five years ago I would have said that I was a photographer then (maybe even since 2003), but honestly considering that photography and multimedia production is now my sole source of income I would say that I’ve been a photographer in a professional sense for the past three years.
How would you describe your style?
That’s a hard question. I’d say not too dark but not too glossy… Somewhere in between. I think my style is just a step outside of mainstream but always in pursuit of beauty, a pursuit in all situations. Like someone told me with my Bangladesh series how I captured aesthetically beautiful images within a serious issue of destruction.
Which is your favourite lens and why?
My Sigma 50mm f/1.4 was my workhorse for a long time until I exploded the glass this New Years Eve playing with fireworks in the Philippines. I’ll probably get a new one and love it just as much.
Whose work has influenced you the most?
I don’t think it could possibly be just one person. There are so many amazing people creating great images that keeps me constantly inspired. I could probably narrow it down to three, who are actually all from Perth. Jarrad Seng, Caitlin Worthington and James Simmons. It wasn’t only their work aesthetically that influenced me, but knowing them in person, which humanises them, made me believe that if I was passionate about this field, like they are, then I too could be a part of this wonderfully creative world.
Why is photography important to you?
Photography is important to me because it’s a way for me to make sense of the world, and share my experience and vision with friends, family, strangers. I’ve been inspired by images constantly through my life and I think it would be great to inspire others too.
Here are some of his works:
for more information and to see more of his beautiful photographs, head to http://www.ryanammon.com/
Also feel free to like his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ryanammon
or instagram: @ryan_ammon